• Indoor activities
    Entertainment and Activities
    The Top 5 Indoor Activities for Toddlers
    Fall is here, and the weather is getting dodgier by the day. Before you know it, cool nights will give way to cooler days, then rain and snow. No longer will you be able to throw open the back door and let your little one run free, or take a jaun...
    Laurie Mega
  • How to wean your baby from the bottle
    Weaning
    5 Tips for How to Wean Your Baby from the Bottle or Breast
    How to wean your baby is a hot topic among moms, but what's the best way to do it? There are two important factors to consider when weaning from the bottle or breast: your baby's nutritional needs and their emotional needs. Leigh Anne O'Connor ...
    Laura Richards
  • Little Tikes Tunnel and Dome Climber
    Best Toys
    Top 10 New Outdoor Toys for Summer
    It's time to stock up on summer toys for your kids! Check out these fun new summer toys and games that are sure to be a hit for yard and beach playtime.  Editor’s Note: We know raising kids can be hard. That’s why we’re dedicated to makin...
    Erin Dower
  • Having twins has its sweet moments and its challenges
    Twins
    Having Twins: A Day in the Life of Mom
    I will never forget the day my husband went back to work after I had twins. Our boys were preemies and were in the NICU for a while. When they were released, life went back to normal. Wait, no, not normal. Normal went out the window, especially ...
    Laura Richards
  • Nursing Mom Using Breastfeeding Pillow
    Babies and Toddlers
    7 Must-Have Breastfeeding Supplies for Nursing Moms
    Congratulations on making the decision to breastfeed your new baby. Not only can breast milk help prevent your baby from developing illnesses later in life, but it also contains the exact proportions of protein, fat, sugar, and water that your ba...
    Kelly Sundstrom
  • Preventing Meltdowns Little Girl Crying on Chair
    Babies and Toddlers
    6 Strategies to Help Prevent Meltdowns and Tantrums
    This past week I took my two-year-old to Dunkin Donuts for his favorite treat, a chocolate frosted donut. We had spent the morning at the library with my sister-in-law and her son (who is also 2). Since they played nicely, we decided to reward th...
  • Child Playing with Homemade Clay
    Clay
    Homemade Clay Recipes
    Use the following recipes to make clay that can be rolled or shaped into sculptures. Some clays should be dried overnight, while others are best baked in an oven. When hard, sculptures can be decorated and preserved with acrylic paint or finish. ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
  • Baby Walking on Hardwood Floor
    Babies and Toddlers
    Babyproofing Your Rental Home or Apartment: Special Circumstances to Consider
    If you’re like most new parents, you’ve been thinking about that all-important babyproofing to-do list from the moment you brought your new baby home. You may be prepped and ready to go with dozens of electrical-outlet covers and baby gates, ...
    Libby McMillan Henson
  • Child Using TAblet on Plane
    Kids
    3 Essential Tips to Survive a Long Plane Ride with Your Children
    Airplane travel with kids can be easy and fun for the whole family. Not long ago, in the days before electronic devices were allowed to be used during takeoff and seat backs featured televisions with built-in video games, you had to pack a huge ...
    Cara J. Stevens
  • Baby Sleeping in a Box
    Babies and Toddlers
    The Pros of Having Your Baby Sleep in a Box
    New Jersey recently became the first in the U.S. to launch a universal Baby Box program, which, according to research, reduces infant mortality rates, including Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome. (SUIDS). According to NPR, Alabama and Ohio ...
    Rachel Sokol
  • Introducing Cereal to Infants
    Starting Solids
    When Should You Introduce Cereal to Your Infant?
    It's hard to know when your baby is ready for cereals and other solid foods. We got a doctor to weigh in on exactly when to start solids. ...
  • Kids Playing with Vegetables
    Babies and Toddlers
    7 Tricks to Get Your Toddler to Eat His Veggies
    Toddlers and tomatoes just don't go together. Or, do they? Figuring out how to get your toddler to eat his vegetables is a tricky science that parents have been experimenting with for centuries. Next time your little one has a blow up at the sigh...
    Angela Tague
  • Woman choosing a birth control method
    Babies and Toddlers
    Which Method of Birth Control is Right For You?
    Finding the right birth control can seem a bit overwhelming-- after all, there are more than 20 methods to prevent pregnancy. Before making your decision, it's important to research options and educate yourself and your partner. We're here to inf...
    Courtney Key
  • Crying Baby Girl
    Babies and Toddlers
    Decoding Your Baby's Cries: How to Figure Out What She Needs
    Suddenly, your baby starts wailing. Is she hungry? Overtired? In pain? Or does she just need to let out some steam? Figuring out the source of babies' cries can be tough, especially for first-time parents. Here's everything you need to know about...
    Rebecca Desfosse
  • two babies playing in the playroom
    Activities for Babies
    It's Playtime, Baby! 12 Simple Developmental Activities to Try with Your Tot
    Stumped on ideas for how to play with your baby? These fun and easy activities help stimulate your infant's development — and bring on some adorable smiles and giggles. And remember, much of your baby's learning in her first year will happen na...
    Erin Dower
  • Close Up of Sleeping Baby
    Babies and Toddlers
    Understanding (and Coping With) Sleep Regression in Your Child
    For parents of little ones, sleep is a precious commodity. As valuable as the air you breathe and the food you eat. Sleep is just as, if not more, important for babies and infants. And as it always seems to be the way, just when your bundle of jo...
    Steven Auger
  • Happy mom and baby boy
    Babies and Toddlers
    How to Handle Reflux & Spit Up in Your Infant
    Most babies spit up, and some babies are diagnosed with acid reflux. I was a naive, mother-to-be who envisioned my son sleeping peacefully in his beautiful new crib -- a girl can dream, right? Fast forward a few months, and my son had two extreme...
    Courtney Key
  • Anxious Young Girl
    Babies and Toddlers
    What To Do When Your Child Has Separation Anxiety
    Separation anxiety is something almost every child experiences and it can crop up at various times of life. Early childhood is most frequent, but sometimes older kids experience it too when they face their first sleepover, overnight camp or even...
    Laura Richards